Cheech Marin may be best known for his comedy and acting, but he's also a big art collector and supporter of Latino and Chicano culture. As seen in the OC Register, he is showing almost 100 drawings and pastels by Chicano artists in a 5000- square foot interactive exhibit that opened yesterday in Anaheim.
The exhibit is called "Papel Chicano" and is at the new Muzeo museum, which opened this past October, located at Anaheim Boulevard and Broadway in Anaheim. "Papel Chicano" means "Chicano Paper" in Spanish. The OC Register has a great profile on the exhibit, as well as a video interview and slideshow. Marin explains that the term "chicano" "... specifically refers to politicized Mexican-Americans that were living here. Originally "Chicano" was a derogatory term; they were smaller Mexicans, "chicas" – these little satellite Mexicans living in Anaheim, for example... Chicanos forged their own identity." A lot of the imagery in the exhibition are things that many of us who live in So Cal will be quite familiar with. Marin says "... I relate to the images because they were around me all the time. We were steeped in Mexican culture that you saw and smelled and tasted at home, but we were all baby boomers in the TV generation. We were smart, intelligent, artistic, creative people that were given no credit for sophistication." If you're able to stop by Anaheim sometime soon, definitely stop by the Muzeo and check it out. The show runs until April 13, 2008. Click here to read the entire article.
Image by Joshua Sudock for the OC Register.